Scans confirm ACL tear for Manly’s Ballin

Manly hooker Matt Ballin will miss the rest of the NRL season after scans confirmed an ACL injury suffered against Parramatta on Sunday.

The 31-year-old hobbled from the field in the first half and attempted to return in the second half only to have his left knee collapse on him without contact.

Back-up hooker Jayden Hodges is expected fill the dummy-half role for the side’s final two matches.

The Sea Eagles must win their remaining games against the Sydney Roosters and Cronulla – and hope Canterbury and St George-Illawarra falter above them – to sneak into the finals.

Ballin confirmed earlier this year that he was one of several Sea Eagles told to look elsewhere for next season.

However, having penned a two-year extension with the club in April, the veteran rake declared he would fight to keep his spot in the team.

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